Vol. 11 Iss. 43

Volume 11 Issue 43 - 10/22/2003


This is the first Voice Annual Reader Survey in years! Your input is vital to help the Voice maintain relevance to its diverse audience, and it is also necessary in order to show that The Voice is read and enjoyed by AU students. At this time, we have no demographics on Voice readers. In order… Read more »

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK WORTH THE LOSS – UPDATE on the progress of AUSU councillor Nicholas Palamarchuk, six months after radical weight loss surgery. RECIPES FOR STUDENTS – Tired of KD? Here are some more quick and simple dishes you can prepare on a student budget. LEARNING NOTES – Course alert. What you need to know before… Read more »

WORTH THE LOSS: UPDATE. AUSU Council Member Nicholas Palamarchuk is winning at losing

On June 11th, 2003 (http://www.ausu.org/voice/search/searchdisplay.php?ART=1623), The Voice ran an article detailing the weight-loss progress of AUSU Council member Nicholas Palamarchuk following gastric bypass surgery. At that time, Nick was just seven weeks post-surgery, and he was beginning the process of learning to eat with his ‘new’ stomach. When we last spoke, he had lost an… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – Course Alert, PSYC 375

This column will focus on educational issues affecting post-secondary students. It will address a wide range of topics. Students are encouraged to submit suggestions and educational topics they are concerned about, along with any personal experiences with courses or university situations they feel other students should know about. COURSE ALERT : A new required course… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I have been “single” since a tough divorce two years ago. I loved my husband and he broke my heart by leaving me for our neighbor, a widow. I’m currently enrolled at AU working full-time (5 courses every 6 months) toward a Bachelor of General Studies degree. I don’t have much free time… Read more »

Primetime Update

Week of October 24, 2003 Missed your favorite shows? No problem. Primetime updated gives you the rundown on what happened on TV this week. Friends This week’s episode was supposed to be titled, “The one with the cake.” However, as luck would have it, the network decided to show en episode from last season in… Read more »

X-Press: Athabasca University Takes First Step Toward Doctoral Program

Athabasca University has approved in principle a plan to launch its first Doctoral program. On September 17, with a nod from AU’s Academic Council, the proposed Doctor of Distance Education (DDE) program passed Step 1 of the approval process, paving the way for further development of the plan. According to Dr. Bob Spencer, director of… Read more »

AUSU This Month

ATTENTION AU UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS! Bill 43 Info Forum Tuesday, October 21, 2003 6:30pm Mountain Standard Time Alberta’s proposed Post-Secondary Learning Act (Bill 43) will directly affect students of all post-secondary institutions in Alberta, including all Athabasca University undergraduate students living in Canada. Come to the AUSU Bill 43 Forum to hear what’s happening with Bill… Read more »

The Net Nerd’s Profiles

You’ve seen “The Trouble with Tribbles” a dozen times, and Letterman just doesn’t seem as funny now that you know he’ll be raising a human being , try: http://www.accesslearning.com/ Ok, so these sites aren’t technically on the AU webpages, but I did find the links within the halls of AU, so there! Let’s face it,… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Book Review: Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars

The subtitle tells you where you’re headed with this book: “The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh.” Anyone unfamiliar with the theme of this 2001 book is probably not a viewer of the Star Trek films or original series. The brilliant character of Khan was played intensely and magnetically by Fantasy Island TV star,… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

How to Sink 62 Million Dollars The Provincial Government of British Columbia is investing 62 million dollars (http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/nrm_news_releases/2003MAE0040-000896.htm) in underwater research facilities. The North-East Pacific Time-series Undersea Networked Experiments project is, according to the description, “Thirty undersea laboratories : connected by 3,000 kilometres of powered fibre-optic cable.” But it’s not life under the sea as… Read more »

Olfactory Memories

I’ve always been impressed with how powerfully connected the nose is to the brain. For example, when my parents divorced I resided with my father while my sisters stayed with our mother in a distant city. Years later one of my sisters was visiting and I gave up my bed to her. As soon as… Read more »

Recipes for Students

Kraft Dinner, otherwise known as macaroni and cheese in a box, is probably one of the most regularly eaten meals among students. When you realize, however, that the meal consists of macaroni covered in butter, milk and a fluorescent orange “cheese” powder you may wonder why the Kraft Dinner phenomenon occurs? The most likely reasons… Read more »

From My Perspective – Home Alone

Today I read the sad news about a New York single mother, Kim Brathwaite, who left her two children, ages nine and one, alone while she went to work. The babysitter had not shown up, and being afraid that if she missed work she would lose her new job as assistant manager at McDonalds, Kim… Read more »


As I write this, I’m looking forward to the September 27 wedding of my older brother and his girlfriend of seven years. Weddings are always a big thing in my extended family, since out of eighteen cousins only two have gotten married so far. So, weddings are still a bit of a novelty for us…. Read more »

News From AU – Contributed by The Insider

Friends and colleagues meet at the Learning Services Conference As record numbers of AU tutors and staff members descended on Edmonton’s Chateau Lacombe for the 2003 Learning Services Conference, many had but one thing on their minds – meeting up with old friends and putting faces to some new names. The annual two-day Learning Services… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

For scholarships available through the Athabasca University Students’ Union, see the AUSU website at www.ausu.org Athabasca University Awards and Scholarship Information The Office of the Registrar would like to advise students of pending deadlines for scholarships and awards: Award Name: Bursary Program for Indigenous Students Website: http://www.athabascau.ca/html/depts/registry/studawrd.htm#is Value: $varies Program: School of Business programs Basic… Read more »

Conference Connections

Contributed By AU’s The Insider ADETA Fall Workshop – “Keeping it Simple for the Learner” – October 1 – Olds, Alberta. Details: http://www.adeta.org/ AU Learning Services Conference – October 3 & 4, 2003 – Edmonton, Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe. Details: http://intra.athabascau.ca/lso/LS.php?task=conference NAWeb 2003 – Ninth Annual Conference on Web-based Teaching and Learning – October 18-21… Read more »

Quote of the Week

We love to hear from you! Send your letters to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter in the Voice. I felt like poisoning a monk. — Umberto Eco (1932 – ), on why he wrote the novel “The Name of the Rose.”

Legislative Committee Call For Volunteers

Classifieds are free for AU students! Contact voice@ausu.org for more information. LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS The AUSU Legislative Committee is looking for active members who can help us create and change AUSU policy for the benefit of all our members. We need volunteers who have a good sense of right and wrong, who are… Read more »

AUSU Sports Club

AUSU SPORTS CLUB I am thinking about starting an Athabasca University sports club where students interested in sports can talk with each other, keep up to date on what is going on in the world of sports, learn new things about sports and possibly organize groups of students across the country to play sports. The… Read more »